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10 years ago, 2003
Firefighters plan to have the city’s priciest purchase of last year up and pumping after a new $180,000 pumper truck arrived at the station off Mount Eden Road....Megan Clark, Miss Shelby County Fair 2002, planned to compete in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant at the Galt House in Louisville. This senior at Shelby County High School was Miss Teen Shelby County in 1998 and third runner-up in the state Miss Teen pageant....Births: Desiree Nicole Whitehouse, Dustin Jared Monroe, Bailey Harris Bobo....I’m one: Nicholas Lee Pecora....Deaths: Helen Ford Baker, 81; Willard Brashear, 75; Ellna L. Davis, 62; Earl Maggard, 83; Vonda Gregory Spradling, 43; Jessica Marie Tuttle, 85; Willard Mason Welker, 84.
15 years ago, 1998
Lisa and Dale Shuck were starting a new year in a new home in a new town with a new daughter....who was starting a new life in a new country. The Shucks were proud parents of Sarah Ekaterina, who they adopted and brought to America from Russia to join her 4-year-old brother, Daniel, for Thanksgiving....About nine Kentucky State Police units were watching Shelby County closely, and seven people were taken to the Shelby County Detention Center on charges dealing with crack cocaine....Three thousand people were ousted from their homes near Maysville because of a fire at a Cargill fertilizer plant which contained large amounts of ammonium nitrate and other deadly chemicals....Once all easements had been acquired, the Shelbyville Water & Sewer Commission were to begin a 2-mile long water lines installation project along Benson Road....When Lisa and Scott Hawkins first saw their newborn girl, they were not thinking about being Shelbyville's first parents of 1998. What Lisa said she felt was "happy...relieved" after 12 hours of labor. Christian Renae Hawkins, delivered at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, was a healthy 9 pounds, 3 ounces and 21.5 inches....Other births: Isaac Ray Goldsmith, Kaitlyn Mae Miller, Emma Audrey Smith, Phillip Alexander Wainscott....Deaths: Pauline Kemper Barrickman, 81; Glenn Oakley Woods, 46; Emil R. Breitenstein Jr., 61; Lucille Wilson Carpenter, 68; Mary Magdelene Hoskins Imel, 60; Katie Mae Aldridge Moore, 85; Edna V. Sloan, 76; Sarah (Betsy) E. Barnett Wells, 78; Lorena Hedges White, 93.
25 years ago, 1988
Area developers announced the more than 100 new apartments planned to be built in Shelbyville during 1988 would help ease the local housing crunch....With its Christmas wish granted – state approval given – the Old Mason's Home of Kentucky hoped to break ground on a $2.2 million addition in May....Jon Hall received the highest rank in Arrow of Light in Pack 270 Cub Scouts. He advanced to Troop 270....After a 90-day extension, the Painted Stone Estates subdivision was still up in the air after several hours of public comment heard at the commission’s meeting. The controversial, 72-acre, 63-lot subdivision was planned for the southwest section of Painted Stone Farm on KY 55....The heavy rains of the past week were perhaps the most welcome Christmas present beleaguered tobacco farmers could receive. This year’s crop fell victim to drought-like conditions in the late summer and early fall....The West Middle Warriors girls basketball team ended their season with a 43-35 victory over host Oldham County Middle....Births: Kelsey Michelle Allen, Nathan Lee Stratton, Stephen Thomas Rose....Deaths: Margaret Harris, 93; Becky Bryant Conway, 33; Thomas Wallace Maddox, 72;
40 years ago, 1973
The Southern railroad station was closing its old depot on 1st Street, which had been in service for 102 years, though remodeled. It was here when the first train came to Shelbyville in 1871 on the old Louisville Southern....Barbara Lynn Edwards of Pleasureville was the home economist in the Shelbyville district....After two losses on the road the Shelby County Rockets bounced back to win over Bullitt Central 88-73 at home....The first baby of the year was Donna Carroll Barnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Barnett, postponing her grand appearance a day late at 12:15 a.m. Jan. 2. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gus Barnett and Gayle Peach....Other birth: James Edward Miller Jr....Deaths: William Edward Kemper, 58; Katherine Catlett Meek, 78; Chester Chilton, 88; Arthur Floyd Shouse, 63; Joseph Dillard Johnston, 72; James Otha Warford, 45; Danny Eugene Ratliff, 16-year-old son of Harold Eugene Ratliff and Mabel Adams Phillips; Corine Davis Messenger, 70; Nancy Mason Cline, 83; Wade Hamilton “Judge” Searcy, 82; Mary B. Tinsley, 87; Dr. James Floyd Furnish, 90; Jonathan E. Ingram, 10-month-old son of Donald and Charlotte Ireland Ingram
55 years ago, 1958
James F. Durrett, a University of Kentucky student from Smithfield, became a pledge of the UK Pershing Rifles unit at formal ceremonies....James R. (Elmo) Hankins, a native of Waddy, became Frankfort's postmaster....James C. Bright, formerly of Shelbyville and Taylorsville, was elected treasurer of the Cincinnati chapter of the Federal Bar Association....George M. Gayle, a 65-year-old Frankfort druggist, rang the New Year in at the First Christian Church in Frankfort for the 56th consecutive time....Births: Robert Jesse Clark, Glenn Edward Vogt, James Ray Wright....Serving our country: Charles Rohrer was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Knox where he started his basic training....Deaths: Dr. James Levan Clark, 88; Clinton Calbert, 52; Lula H. Franklin Roberts, 69; James Wallace Cox, 61; Lindsey Thomas Stivers, 80; J. Archie Bell, 82; Warner H. Long, 72; Iva Arterburn Yount, 66; Jenn Howe; Emma Power Brammell, 90; Willie Lee Slucher, 67; Lula Roberts Franklin, 68; William P. Brown, 79; Effie Lena Mitchell Wood, 70; infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Dawson Jr.; Rhoda Morgan McDade, 73; Ada Murphy Holmes, 70.
60 years ago, 1953
Mayor R.F. Matthews and Charles Long were injured seriously when, while passing a truck, the car in which they were riding slipped off the highway down an embankment 40 to 50 feet high and hit the concrete abutment of a bridge on U.S. 60....Briggs Lawson, Dr. W.E. Porter, Jack Frazier and J.W. Hundley Jr. were nominated as directors of the Chamber of Commerce to fill vacancies on the board at the end of the year....At the annual election of the city's administrative officers, re-elected were Henry Cleveland, clerk; Grider Barnett, collector-treasurer; Roy Jones, chief of police; Everett Riggs, fire chief; Bernard Davis, city attorney; and William Strange, city engineer....Shelbyville Red Devils were downed by Male High 87-55....Tobacco receipts were reported heavy after the Shelbyville Market closed for the holidays when 14,941,910 pounds were sold for $7,748,032.91 in 15 4-hour selling days before Christmas....Deaths: Edward Jesse Cowherd, 65; Estell J. Cline, 72.
70 years ago, 1943
L. Grant Smith, the oldest member, was elected as Master during a meeting of Solomon's Lodge No. 5 F.E.A.M. Other officers were Senior warden, D.C. Hamilton; junior warden, Orville Ramsey; secretary, Alvin B. Weaver; treasurer, Charles A. Randolph; senior deacon, John Newton; junior deacon, W.G. Hargrove; tiller, H.P. Pulliam; stewards, Carl Lee and Ralph Flood....Serving our country: Pvt. Howard W. Morgan, Signal Corps, U.S. Army, was stationed in North Africa....Corp. Earl Puckett was wounded slightly in action in the African area....Deaths: James C. Miller, 26; James Andrew Crawford, 32; Jennie Cook Coleman, 50; T.D. Heaton, 70; Samuel Yount; Katherine Young Searcy, 72; Samuel Victor Cox, 68.
80 years ago, 1933
Trucks with steel tires were not allowed on Shelby roads during the winter....Burly prices rallied after a setback on the opening sales, the average climbing to $14.85 per 100 pounds....Deaths: Eugene Bright; John D. Wimp, 53; Mrs. James Estes; Delbert Satterwhite; Mary D. Smith; Dudley R. Smith.
90 years ago, 1923
M. Lynch Drug Store moved to the new Schradski store building, north side of Main between 3rd and 4th streets....Pearl Wood, as agent for the heirs, sold the residence and lot in Cropper, known as the William Wood property, at auction for $1,100....Real Estate agent P.C. Oldham sold the following property: a farm belonging to Jesse Maddox and Ben Ratcliff, near Pope's Corner, known as the Courtney place containing 113 acres, sold to J.W. Hite and Son for $13,250; the residence of Dr. H. Coley on 9th Street, sold to Ed Polsgrive for $1,300....Birth: William Benjamin Logan....Deaths: Naomi Murphy, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Murphy; Thomas Brown, 78; Mrs. Ed Green; Lucy Collier; Mrs. William Stanley.
95 years ago, 1918
Dr. William Burnett and family moved to the property on Bland Avenue, which had been purchased from John L. Miller....In spite of extremely cold weather and heavy snows, a total of 1,020 members were reported in the Red Cross Drive....Congratulations were extended to Dr. and Mrs. F.M. Powell upon the arrival of a daughter....Navy Lt. Henry Poynter Burnett and his wife received congratulations upon the birth of a son, Robert Caldwell Burnett.